His older sisters began using drugs and arguing with their mother. He was also born with the physical deformity of web hands and feet and his peers would make fun of it. The following summer, July of 1969, Donnie received Jesus as his Lord and Savior at Amityville Gospel Tabernacle.There were other compounding factors in Donnie’s life. For Donnie “the church became more therapeutic than anything else, because it was a place of escape.” Whenever hell was breaking loose at home he would go to the church.Because he didn’t fit in any peer group, he threw himself into music and playing the piano.
What he didn’t realize was that his two year old brother followed after him.
When Donnie picked up the ball and turned around he saw a car traveling at a high rate of speed heading toward his brother, who was now in the road.
For years Donnie would keep these secrets to himself.
This was a time in Donnie’s life that he was, as he describes it, “surrounded by a sea of women.” That was all he knew.
"There's a protocol that both he and I want to honor. Can I just drop something on you," Crouch asked the audience. " His co-host Laurie then asked the Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, "Are you officially making that announcement and is it okay with you? " Mc Clurkin did not directly answer her question, and simply revealed how much he values marriage.
"Honestly, the only thing in my life that is missing is marriage," he said.
You killed my baby.” The family environment turned volatile.
Physical violence between husband and wife became the norm with the police intervening on several occasions.
Donnie’s quest for sexual identity was a sea of confusion.